A beautiful, hand crafted lodge with a private deck overlooking waterfalls on Hickory Nut Creek. Nestled at the base of Little Bearwallow Mountain next to 200 acres of natural forest and five miles of hiking trails, we are only 25 minutes from downtown Asheville. A peaceful, awe-inspiring location!
The lodge contains a great room/living room with a wood stove, full kitchen, loft, four bedrooms that sleep 8 guests, 4.5 baths, and a large downstairs room for yoga and movement. The creekside deck faces Hickory Nut Creek and overlooks a beautiful waterfall. Laughing Waters is also powered by the energy of the stream. Located in the Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community, a very special place for a peaceful, quiet retreat in these beautiful sacred mountains!
Guests have access to numerous hiking trails, waterfalls, swimming hole, apple orchard and our trout pond. There are views of the waterfalls from the back deck and mountains above.
Interaction with guests
You will have the lodge to yourselves, but we are nearby should you need any assistance.
We are a non-smoking facility.
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My wife Jane and I were best friends in high school in Ohio and fortunately re-connected here in North Carolina 30 years later. Jane first discovered Asheville and Western North Carolina in the 1970’s, drawn to the beauty of the area and the wild character of the mountains. John was living in New York and working with non-profits to protect over 20,000 acres of land for parks and trails. An avid rock climber, John also fell in love with the southern mountains.
In 2003, we heard about the land through a friend whose family had owned it for nearly 100 years. The land was in the heart of Hickory Nut Gorge and had not been occupied for over 60 years. We discovered a wild jewel with tumbling waterfalls along the tumultuous Hickory Nut Creek, overgrown stone walls of a farmhouse and the ruins of an old gristmill. We immediately fell in love for the place. Over the next 10 years, our vision for the land has continually expanded from conserving the wild lands to creating a sustainable community with organic gardens and orchard, hiking trails, renewable energy from the sun and water, green-solar homes and the Laughing Waters Retreat Center.
We don’t feel we 'own' this land. Rather, we feel more aligned as stewards, here to protect it. We are full of wonder and awe at nature’s intricate beauty. Living here is about discovering mysteries and miracles: the springtime sprouting shoots on the forest floor, the blooming of delicate wildflowers, the soaring trees spreading green leaves in a summer canopy, the magical transformation into vibrant fall colors, and the reappearance of the distant mountain vistas in winter.
We have kept the most special places wild for all to enjoy: the cascading streams, tumbling waterfalls, sheer cliffs, and distant vistas. Residents and visitors can enjoy miles of hiking trails on our land, in the adjoining 600 acres of the Florence Nature Preserve, and down the gorge in Chimney Rock State Park.
If you love the outdoors, this is magical place!